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October 05, 2009

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Richard J

OK, can somebody please tell the Hitchens brothers that it's OK to stop their performance art piece now? It's been an excellent piece of jouissance, worthy of the Sokal hoax, but they really don't need to compete to get the most batshit crazy statements into print anymore.

Fellow Traveller

Whether Mr Blair becomes the first President of the EU under the provisions of the treaty will have nothing to do with you or me. The Treaty made sure of that. It will come down to how well Mr Blair and his team lobby behind the scenes the various European leaders who do possess a vote.

You and I get to look on as helpless bystanders and we will get a leader foisted upon us regardless of our wishes no matter who gets the job.

ajay

You and I get to look on as helpless bystanders and we will get a leader foisted upon us regardless of our wishes no matter who gets the job.

How different, how very different from the selection process of our own dear Queen.

chris y

He genuinely thinks of European integration as a process of extermination.

So did the Iceni. What's more, from their point of view they were right. Yet I doubt if even Hitchens would deny that we have seen some advances in our civilisation since we stopped painting ourselves blue.

Fellow Traveller

Two wrongs obviously do make a right. How silly of me not to sense this.

If a man lying helpless on the ground has one thief rifling through his pockets he can't object to a second (or a third, or a fourth) joining in as well. He didn't resist the first strongly enough and so lost the right to oppose the others. And if he willingly tolerated the first, he licenses all the rest as well. They don't have to ask permission. Just help themselves.

ajay

That really is a remarkably silly metaphor, FT.

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